Batley Boys treble hopes end with final defeat

Adam Bingham scored two tries and kicked two goals for Batley Boys.
Adam Bingham scored two tries and kicked two goals for Batley Boys.

Batley Boys fell agonisingly short of completing the treble when they suffered a 30-20 defeat to Bentley in the Yorkshire Men’s League Division One final at Featherstone Rovers last Saturday.

The Boys won the Heavy Woollen ARL John Kane Cup final last month and completed the double by clinching the Division One final but a third trophy proved a step too far.

Batley made an excellent start when Adam Bingham stepped through a tackle and dived over.

Bentley replied with a Nick Pownall try, which Ryan Glaswell converted but the Boys edged back in front with a Gav Davies try.

Scott Smith dived over and Glaswell converted as Bentley led 12-8 at half-time but a spectacular length of the field try by Aaron James saw the Boys level and Bingham converted to edge them ahead.

Johnny Smith replied with a 55th minute try for Bentley as the lead changed hands once more and Glaswell grabbed a crucial try between the posts, which he converted, before adding a penalty goal to stretch the lead to 10 points.

Dean Colton crossed wide out and Glaswell added a terrific goal to kick-start Bentley celebrations.

Batley had the last word as Bingham scored a late try which he converted but it proved a mere consolation.